Are you planning to take the BCBA exam? If so, you're probably feeling a bit anxious, but don't worry - you're not alone! The BCBA exam is tough as we know, according to 2021 stats from the BACB 60% of first time test-takers pass and only 28% of retest-takers pass. It's definitely possible to pass this exam the first time if you prepare properly; but in this blog post, we will discuss what content areas you should focus your studying on as well as providing tips and a study plan that will get you exam ready. Good luck!
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for the BCBA exam is to become familiar with the content areas that will be tested. The BACB website provides a list of the knowledge and skills that are assessed on the exam. Make sure you understand what each of these content areas covers and spend some time studying them. In addition to content knowledge, the BCBA exam tests your ability to apply behavioral principles to real-world scenarios. To prepare for this, make sure you can identify and explain the key concepts from each of the core behavior analysis textbooks. AATBS now offers flashcards covering all the key concepts from the content areas to make identifying them in real-world scenarios a breeze.
This content area breakdown pictured above is taken straight from the BACB